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6. European Guitar Award (Open)

March 14th-17th 2024

From Thursday, March 14th to Sunday, March 17th, 2024, the sixth European Guitar Award will take place at the Dresden University of Music. For the first time in its history, it will be advertised worldwide. In addition to top-class concerts, there will be master classes and the competition itself. This is public and can be visited free of charge. As a special treat, the audience can choose their own prize winner.



14.03.24 Thursday 19:30

Guitar Mania

With selected students from the Dresden University of Music

Admission: 10.00/reduced. 8.00 euros. Tickets at all Reservix ticket offices and

15.03.24 Friday 19:30

The Great Concert

Claude Debussy: Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Astor Piazzolla: Double Concierto for guitar, bandoneon and orchestra
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

Hochschulsinfonieorchester under the direction of Prof. Ekkehard Klemm

Guitar: Nora Buschmann (Germany), Zoran Dukić (Croatia)
Bandoneon: Omar Massa (Argentina)
Conductor: Prof. Ekkehard Klemm

Admission: 15.00/reduced. 10.00 euros. Tickets at all Reservix ticket offices and

16.03.24 Saturday 19:30

The World of the Guitar - A Breathtaking Guitar Evening

Don Ross (Canada)
Matthias Duplessy (France)
Duo Erkin Cavus / Reentko Dirks (Türkiye/Germany)

Admission: 15.00/reduced. 10.00 euros. Tickets at all Reservix ticket offices and

17.03.24 Sunday 11:00

Public Finals


17.03.24 Sunday 19:30

Final Furioso

The winners of the 6th European Guitar Awards with the Barasilian guitar phenomenon Yamandu



Kleiner Saal of the Hochschule für Musik, Wettiner Platz


15.03.24 Friday


Physical and mental health for guitarists and other musicians. A theory and practice workshop.
Kai-Uwe Aescht (Germany) – Lead physiotherapist at the PTA Center Stuttgart
Admission free

16.03.24 Saturday

Interpretation techniques and specific readings of Latin American guitar music
Prof. Nora Buschmann (Germany)
Admission free

Where do musical ideas come from? How to develop them, how to teach them?
How to read the unwritten?
Prof. Zoran Dukic (Kroatien)
Admission free

How to use the body and the right hand to bring rhythm technics from all over the world (Africa, Brazil, Flamenco, Jazz Manouche etc.) alive, where to find the right interpretation and inspiration.
Mathias Duplessy (Frankreich)
Admission free

In addition to popular altered tunings like DADGAD and “open” major and minor chord tunings, it’s also possible to work in tunings that go beyond the triad and that incorporate chord voicings that include extensions like the seventh, ninth and even the eleventh note of a scale, resulting in rich sonorities not normally achievable in standard tuning or other simpler open tunings. We’ll look at some of Don’s uses of those tunings in his compositions.
Don Ross (Kanada)
Admission free



We'd like to thank our supporters:

  • Sparkasse
  • Förderverein HfM DResden
  • Werkstätten Hellerau
  • AER
  • Schott music
  • Dr. Heart Music
  • Dàddaario
  • Stark Guitars